Legal Week Innovation Awards 2018 – AI Innovation: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Full details of the AI Innovation category at the Legal Week Innovation Awards
Finalists: Eversheds Sutherland Ignite/ThoughtRiver; Keoghs; Pinsent Masons (highly commended); TLT.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s (BCLP) winning use of predictive coding technology in a High Court trial saw it land the AI Innovation award.
The case centred around an unfair prejudice petition against BCLP’s client BCA Trading, which owns webuyanycar.com (and to whom the plaintiff had sold a majority stake in an online car dealing operation, with the petition seeking a buyout of the remaining minority holding).
The firm recognised that document disclosure would be pivotal to the outcome of the case but that the plaintiff’s allegations were so wide-ranging that it was impossible to establish a set of key words for a traditional disclosure review (for which there were potentially hundreds of thousands of documents).
That meant coming up with a way to efficiently identify those documents that would need to be disclosed, with the firm’s expertise in predictive coding technology proving the most cost-effective solution. BCLP went on to win the case, with the High Court finding in favour of the firm’s client in all issues, relying heavily on the disclosed documents which disproved certain allegations.
Not only was the outcome a success, it also saved the client a considerable sum of money on a traditional document review (estimated to be about two-and-a-half times more expensive).